Yesterday, 13th August 2015, saw the launch of Samsung’s next round of flagship smartphones, including the Galaxy Note5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+. Launched almost a month sooner than was to be expected, based on previous years’ launch dates, the Note5 continues the lineage of Samsung’s phablet range, whereas the S6 Edge+ is, seemingly, the replacement for the, then, proof of concept, Galaxy Note Edge.
While the Note5 may be the next iteration in the series, there were a few intriguing points, most specifically in terms of the hardware. The chipset sees an improvement in its upgraded CPU, but many other specifications remain unchanged, some even worse off than its predecessor. The screen size and display resolution are almost identical, with the GPU and front-facing camera also unchanged. The weight has been reduced, along with the thickness, but most of it could be due to the fact that there’s now only a 3000mAh battery compared to the Note 4’s 3220mAh. Samsung has already suggested less strain from a more vanilla build of Android, which in itself has become a lot more lightweight, in conjunction with the more efficient Exynos chipset.
The S6 Edge+, on the other hand, a lighter, thinner version of the Note5 with a curved screen. This curvature also means that there is less metal on the sides of the frame, bringing down the weight to 153g, but the screen remains the same size at 5.7”, with the same 1440x2560px resolution at 518ppi pixel density. All the other innards and hardware specifications are identical.
Official Press Release
Samsung Stays Ahead of the Curve with Bold, Big Screen Smartphones
Galaxy Note5 takes multi-tasking on mobile to new heights
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., announced today the global launch of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5. Both devices represent Samsung’s commitment to the big screen smartphone market, which Samsung boldly pioneered in 2011 with the original Galaxy Note.
The Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5 blend form and function with industry leading features, including: the best screen technology, the most advanced camera for high quality photos and videos, the latest fast wireless and wired charging, and an incredibly powerful processor. With increased 4GB RAM, both smartphones offer the most powerful capacity and processing power on the market, enabling users to enjoy more seamless multi-tasking, keep up with messages, post updates to social networks faster, and enjoy graphic-heavy games without suffering lag time.
With its curved 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen, the Galaxy S6 edge+ makes the edge experience even bigger to provide a more immersive multimedia experience. The newly-designed Galaxy Note5 provides an unmatched set of productivity tools such as SideSync, along with a more refined 5th generation S Pen capabilities to better serve the major multitasker.
“At Samsung, we believed in the promise that large screen smartphones could actively address some consumer needs by providing users with a better viewing experience and more productivity on-the-go,” said Craige Fleischer, Director of Integrated Mobility at Samsung Electronics South Africa. “With the launch of the Galaxy S6 edge+ and Note5, we’re re-emphasising our ongoing commitment to bold, fearless innovation that meets the needs of our consumers.”
Galaxy S6 edge+ best for multimedia experience
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ exceeded the unique and distinctive design of Galaxy S6 edge, and becomes even more elegant, understated, and finely crafted. It features the new ‘Apps edge’ for easy access to favourite apps, and enhanced ‘People edge’ for effortless communication with preferred contacts. ‘Apps edge’ allows users to access their favourite apps by just swiping the edge display. ‘People edge’ helps users to connect with their close contacts easily. From the edge screen, users can quickly find their pre-set contacts and send message or give a call directly.
Galaxy Note5 perfect for multi-taskers
The Galaxy Note5 is a stunning upgrade to Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Note range – more powerful and more personalised than ever. Inspired by the design legacy of the Galaxy S6, it ergonomically fits in one hand with a narrower bezel and curved back. The flat screen is great to write on and the curved shape makes it easier to use the phone with one hand.
Engineered to help people get more done faster, the Galaxy Note5 includes an all new S Pen that feels more solid and balanced in the user’s hand, offering improved writing capabilities and a variety of practical applications. A unique clicking mechanism makes the S Pen pop out with just one quick click. Users can now quickly jot down ideas or information when the screen is off without even unlocking the phone. The ‘Air Command’ feature has become more intuitive and practical as well; now the icon hovers for instant access to all of S Pen uses from any screen at any time. Users can also annotate on PDF files and capture lengthy web articles or long images simultaneously via ‘Scroll capture’.
Powerful Core Galaxy Features
Both the Galaxy S6 edge+ and Note5 feature unprecedented multimedia capabilities with deeper screen contrast and details thanks to Samsung’s industry-leading 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display.
As social networking becomes more ubiquitous, consumers expect to share the moments of their lives through photos and video and Samsung is enabling that desire with improved video capabilities.
These include Steady Video, which provides Video Digital Image Stabilisation on both the front and rear cameras for sharp, crisp video on-the-go, and Video Collage Mode, which allows users to record and edit short videos easily in various frames and effects. The Galaxy S6 edge+ and Note5 also feature 4K(UHD) video filming and Live Broadcast, which let users instantly live stream Full HD video straight from the phone to any individual, group of contacts, or even the public through YouTube Live. Anyone who receives the YouTube link from a Galaxy S6 edge+ or Note5 user is able to enjoy a live stream video from his or her smartphone, tablet, PC or Smart TV with YouTube connectivity.
Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5 users will also benefit from Samsung’s advanced camera system, including Quick Launch (double click the home button to launch the camera in less than one second*), Auto Real-time High Dynamic Range (HDR), and Smart Optical Image Stabilisation(OIS) and brand-new filters.
The Galaxy S6 edge+ and Note5 feature Samsung’s fast wired and wireless charging technology and the embedded wireless charging technology is compatible with virtually any wireless pad available today. With wired charging, both devices can be fully charged in approximately 90 minutes, and through Samsung’s latest wireless charger, each device can be fully charged in approximately 120 minutes.
Samsung’s newest devices are further upgraded to support SideSync, which offers both wireless and wired PC-smartphone integration for seamless connections across devices. Thanks to auto-detection and an ultra-quick setup, users can instantly connect their Samsung device to their PC or tablet for easy access to files and data across all platforms and operating systems.
In addition, Samsung’s Galaxy S6 edge+ and Note5 display enhanced security features with KNOX Active Protection (built into devices / out of the box) and My KNOX (app with simple/fast setup) to further protect sensitive personal and work data.
The Galaxy S6 edge+ will be available in South Africa from September 2015 and the Note5 from November 2015. Both have 32GB or 64GB storage options and are available in White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium depending on market and carrier.